About Kimbesa

I love dishes, and I continue to haunt thrift stores, estate sales, and other places where vintage china, dinnerware and glassware are to be found.

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Are Downton Abbey Dishes Your Style?

Elegant china Noritake Sakura pattern

Why I won’t have a Downton Abbey dinnerware set, but you might want to.

I like mixing my collection of vintage dinnerware and glassware, to create different table settings. That doesn’t mean I don’t use classic china dishes, just that my party style is eclectic.

One important element of an authentic Downton Abbey table is that all the china match. Each place setting would have all the right pieces to serve any menu, literally from soup bowls to nut dishes.

And the ware would be made from bone china, not just ordinary porcelain.

Any glassware, flatware and other pieces would . . . → Read More: Are Downton Abbey Dishes Your Style?

Easter Basket For A Dish Lover

Creative Easter basket features vintage dinnerware

How much fun it is to create a one-of-a-kind Easter basket for someone who loves vintage dinnerware!

If you frequent thrift stores, you know the feeling. How can you leave that one cute plate or glass behind? Now you can assemble them into something lovely for special occasions, as gifts or décor.

Once you collect the dishes, glasses, flatware, napkins or place mats in favorite colors, or in patterns that feature Easter motifs, you can arrange them together into a memorable basket.

All the stores have their Easter goods in stock, and you can get plenty of ideas by browsing . . . → Read More: Easter Basket For A Dish Lover

White China Soup Bowls | Pasta With Bacon

pasta dish in white bowl

White china soup bowls are versatile to use when serving chili, casseroles and other foods, too.

Many cooks and chefs like white because they show off the food to good advantage. And as they say, we eat with our eyes.

In the September 2011 issue of Everyday Food, I saw a recipe for Pasta and Bacon with Smoky Tomato Sauce. I knew I was so making this.

I had most of the ingredients, and what really sold me — besides that it was an easy recipe — was that it includes cavatappi as the pasta. This shape is curly . . . → Read More: White China Soup Bowls | Pasta With Bacon

Vintage Kitchen Prayer Plates | Decorating Charm

Your china collection doesn’t have to be limited to pieces for the table top. Vintage kitchen prayer plates, designed for display on the wall, offer charm and inspiration.

These were made for decorating a kitchen or dining room, especially those in styles based on traditional or country themes.

Big ones, small ones, souvenir versions, with all kinds of kitchen images, these plates were intended only for hanging on the wall, never for serving food.

Even so, table settings can also be based on the colors and motifs found in these captivating china plates, if you wish.

Artmark is one of . . . → Read More: Vintage Kitchen Prayer Plates | Decorating Charm

Mix and Match Dinnerware | Cheer Up A Rainy Day

We get lots of gloomy days in Michigan. One way to brighten them, mix and match dinnerware pieces from the cupboards. Playing with dishes is always fun…

I started with the smaller plate, Marion by Meyer. This is vintage restaurant ware. In weight it’s close to stoneware. This service-ready china is very practical, and this pattern fits well with my “every color as long as it’s blue” dinnerware obsession.

Grilled cheese sandwich, hear I come. This plate goes on top, to help the cheese melt as I cook it in the skillet.

The larger plate is Provincal Sky by Lenox. . . . → Read More: Mix and Match Dinnerware | Cheer Up A Rainy Day

Blue and White Dinnerware | Perpetual Popularity

Blue is a restful color. Add white and look sharp!

Blue and white dinnerware can go formal or casual, to convey a simple charm to your table setting: calm, cool and classic.

Choose a dinnerware maker, and look for their patterns that incorporate blue. You’ll find hundreds of china patterns based on a blue, or blue and white color scheme.

I’ve written about blue and white dishes before. They always have a special place in my heart…and my china cabinet! They are ongoing favorites to use and enjoy among my dish collection. (My favorite Summer Chintz pattern china has a . . . → Read More: Blue and White Dinnerware | Perpetual Popularity

One of a Kind Dinnerware Find | Table Setting Inspiration

One of a kind dinnerware pieces can inspire an entire table setting theme, or even a whole room’s decor. If you love it, there will be ways to fit that piece into your china collection, to use and joy the unique piece.

Scouting last week, I found a darling china dinner plate in the Strawberry Plaid pattern by Oneida. Just one.

A plate like this presents lots of possibilities for use as part of an eclectic table setting, and can even become the focal point, as well as a favorite.

Color: There are lots of colors to pick and choose . . . → Read More: One of a Kind Dinnerware Find | Table Setting Inspiration

Vintage Wedding Dinnerware | A New Tradition

When it comes to vintage wedding dinnerware, there are lots of ways to create a wedding using it, to incorporate this china into the plans surrounding your special day.

I think that meaning is the single most important factor. How does the dinnerware fit with the theme, or even form the basis for the theme?

Considerations for choosing vintage dinnerware

Motif: a certain flower, a garden theme, nautical or lighthouse designs – any of these can be found on dinnerware, and used as part of the wedding celebration if they are relevant to the bride or groom Colors: a favorite . . . → Read More: Vintage Wedding Dinnerware | A New Tradition

Choosing Vintage Dinnerware | Cloud Nine

Cloud Nine by Franciscan

When choosing vintage dinnerware, it takes only one focal point for an idea to germinate. When I tried this using a real wedding from the Ruffled blog, it was a surprising element that provided my inspiration.

I’ve been exploring the beautiful weddings featured on Ruffled, which I started writing about yesterday, in my post about fall dinnerware colors.

Another of the real weddings particularly caught my eye, the Port Huron Handcrafted wedding.

First, it was in Michigan. Second, the story was posted last month, around the time of the annual Woodward Dream Cruise, a vintage car lover’s dream.

And then, . . . → Read More: Choosing Vintage Dinnerware | Cloud Nine

Harry Potter Party Dinnerware Colors

Fall is a great time for a Harry Potter party! This is a popular theme, with so many ways to express your creativity in dinnerware and dress. Halloween ties right in with the magical world as well.

You can dress your table with the colors of the Hogwarts school houses (one or several) as one way to create your Potter party tablescape.

Gryffindor uses scarlet and gold Ravenclaw uses blue and bronze Hufflepuff uses yellow and black Slytherin uses green and silver

Dinnerware sets, glassware and flatware pieces in these colors are widely available, and you may have some china . . . → Read More: Harry Potter Party Dinnerware Colors

Pasta Bowls Made for Casual Dinner

Large china pasta bowls are perfect to serve a big Saturday night spaghetti dinner.

If not spaghetti, then mostacholli, ravioli, even macaroni and cheese. Any pasta dish that makes a meal by itself, or perhaps served along with a salad or crusty bread.

Bowls like these were designed to hold a good-sized serving of your favorite pasta recipe, sauce and all.

Many standard dinnerware patterns of the 1980s and 1990s included a pasta bowl as one of the available piece types. These bowls are generally about 8 or 9 inches in diameter, and at least 2 1/2 inches deep.

Specialty . . . → Read More: Pasta Bowls Made for Casual Dinner

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